MFF announces winners Development Awards for short films 2020

The 3-person jury announced the two winners of this year’s Extraordinary call for development short film projects — Manlleu Film Festival 2020.


In the international competition, the winning film is ‘Cachette’ directed by Tess Martin. On the other hand, the winner in the national competition is for ‘El que encara balla en mi’ directed by Marga Almirall. The two awards come with a €4,000 in prize cash that will allow the directors to keep working on their films.

The jury was made up of professor, producer and director Marta Andreu, Àlex Navarro, Europe Creative Desk – MEDIA Catalunya coordinator, and Diana Toucedo, filmmaker and editor.


El que encara balla en mi, Marga Almirall

'El que encara balla en mi' © Marga Almirall


The jury on El que encara balla en mi:

In a daring reading marked by affection, the director proposes —through filmic correspondence— a free and sensitive sound and visual dialogue, committed to life and creation.

Through the assembly of existing images, she manages to draw the central axis of the construction of the script. A project that reminds us how cinema is inseparable from life.


Cachette, Tess Martin

'Cachette' © Tess Martin

The jury on Cachette:

For a great research work, both in terms of content and form, and a bold, risky and almost magnetic atmospherical visual memory, the director conveys the film’s universe in a captivating manner.

The protagonist, a sort of flaneur superhero, embarks on a journey through space and time in the most poetic science fiction. Throughout an exercise of the imagination, the project brings a critical look at the world we are building.

Manlleu Film Festival celebrates the success of the extraordinary call after receiving up to 70 projects from around the world. The quality of all the projects has been pleasantly surprising. The Festival is pleased to join the production of ‘Cachette’, a project of great artistic value and international dimension, and at the same time to promote and encourage an independent, authorial and local production such as ‘El que encara balla en mi’, thus contributing to the film creation in the short film field.

The awarded projects will most likely be shown at the next edition of the Manlleu Film Festival 2021 to be held in Manlleu from 8 to 11 July next year.